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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon informed Israel Sunday that he was postponing –
yet again – the publication of the Palmer Commission report on the Mavi Marmara
incident last year, to give both sides additional time to reach an agreement
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As was the case the
two previous times, the postponement was, according to Israeli officials,
requested by Turkey.
The Palmer Commission report, which has already been
written, is widely believed to uphold the legality of Israel’s naval blockade of
the Gaza Strip, and its right to intercept vessels trying to break the
The paper also reportedly takes Israel to task for using
disproportionate force in stopping the ship, but does not call on it to
apologize for the incident.
Turkey is demanding that Israel apologize for
the incident, pay compensation to the families of the nine people killed and
lift the blockade of Gaza.